I truly enjoyed reading Maybe Charlotte by Louise McBain. After a hectic few weeks getting ready for the holiday season, I needed something to read that was relaxing as well as uplifting, and this book fit the bill perfectly.
This is a lovely romance about two women who have been very unlucky in their past relationships. Both Charlotte (Charlie) and Lily have ex’s who have hurt them in the past, so they are a bit skittish about beginning a new relationship. However, they can’t deny the chemistry they have for each other. If only Charlotte’s ex, Madison, would accept the fact that her relationship with Charlotte is really over.
This is a beautiful (and sometimes steamy) romance with just enough angst to make the story interesting. The setting (Washington, DC) is perfect for the tale since Lily is a budding artist and Charlotte’s aunt is a famous artist in the story. Since there are many art galleries and museums in this area, it provides plenty of venues that could be used in the book.
I loved watching Charlotte and Lily grow as characters through the story. Both had to learn to trust again, and to stand up for themselves. The way they grew in the novel is a good example of creating depth in your characters. I connected with the two at the beginning of the book, but I grew to love them by the end.
Maybe Charlotte is listed as a sequel to Claiming Camille in the blurb, and this book does take place in the same “world” as the former with some of the same characters, but honestly, you could read this book as a standalone if you haven’t read the first one yet. However, both are excellent romance novels, and I recommend you read both in order. I certainly enjoyed them both. I received an ARC from NetGalley and Bella Books for an honest review.